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Volta ao Algarve. Stage 5. Luis Leon Sanchez is 4th in final classification, Astana – best team of the race

The prestigious stage race Volta ao Algarve has ended today in Portugal. The final, 5th stage was held between Loulé and second category climb Alto da Malhão (179,2 km).

Astana Team did a very active race: Oscar Gatto became a part of a big breakaway group, while Luis Leon Sanchez was fighting for a strong result on the final climb.

The break with Oscar Gatto was neutralized with only 2,5 km to the finish line atop Alto da Malhão.

- In a moment of the race there was a situation when a big group of riders went away. So, I decided to join them. The peloton never gave us too much space, but anyway I always tried to be in front. I thought, I could help Luis Leon and other guys in case they come over our group. In general, I felt quite well today and I am happy with the way I’ve spent this stage. I hope to be ready for the next races in Belgium, - said Oscar Gatto.

At the last climb there were a number of attacks, but nobody of favorites could get any serious advantage. Finally, the winner of the stage became … from Portugal. Luis Leon Sanchez finished 8th, this result allowed him to reach 4th place in the final classification of the race.

- I think, this is not bad at all, but, of course, you always try to win. Today and during the whole week the team did a great job for me, we did our best in this race. Maybe, I missed some racing rhythm – most of my rivals did a few other races before this one. Anyway, I did a very productive training camp in Andorra and here in Portugal I’ve spent a nice week. So, I am pretty sure it will be possible to get something more in the next races, - explained Luis Leon Sanchez.

Slovenian rider Primož Roglič became the overall winner of the Volta ao Algarve.

Astana Proteam won the final team’s classification of the race.

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